While research continues on Opus Savona, stitching is moving right ahead on the last Fairy Tales tapestry. Below is the unstitched printed image:
You’ve seen the sequins that I was sure would be perfect for the dragon (below):
But they just didn’t work. For three days, I stitched, adding tiny little black snaps around the edge for greater visual definition. But no matter what I did, the shine from the sequins obscured the images next to them. So I pulled them off.
Now we have a buttoned and beaded dragon. Using scraps of vintage yellow crochet for the tail and edges, and small dark red beads to show depth, I think it really works (above).
The woman (above) in her fabulous Day of the Dead costume, was such fun to sew! The colorful bits are from old crocheted flowers (below):
And then we have the Dogon warrior in full regalia (below):
Above: As I sew and bead this, I have to be constantly aware of how the small details affect the overall image. I could have gotten better detail on the headdress figures if I embroidered them, but the dull texture of the wooden beads makes a perfect contrast to the buttons. Oh - see the 2 little skulls? I bought a bunch of them in New Orleans, a few years before Katrina. I can’t figure out what material they’re made of - too hard for actual bone. Possibly ivory or some vegetable ivory, but also possibly plastic. I sanded down the backs of the skulls for a better. Then I went back and added some dark red leather to the mask (below):
I had been wondering how to do the shawl on this witch. Then I came across a piece of heavily embroidered Ukrainian cloth in my stash, which I had over-dyed long ago. Perfect! Last night I sewed that down, then spent the rest of the evening attaching threads from an old tassel.
Sewing in progress, in front of the window (above) and finished dragon head (below):
(below) The 2 Indian drummers now have their skull headdresses and leather drums. There’s a great little shop around the corner, here in Seattle, called Recreative, a non-profit that sells recycled bits and stuff for cheap. I bought a handful of leather scraps for 99 cents, which furnished these drums and the Dogon mask.
I want to enter all three Fairy Tale tapestries in an upcoming show (deadline Oct 13th). Almost finished!!! I hope to have new research on the opus to show you next week. Contact me at email@example.com